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Bucks sink Knicks behind 18 & 14 from Monroe

bucksKnicks1The Bucks contained the Knicks offensive attack to win 106-91. Down three ball-handlers, Bucks coach Jason Kidd turned to his veteran shooting guard in O.J. Mayo to start the game at point guard. Michael Carter-Williams, the Bucks’ only healthy true point guard, had 20 points off the bench and Milwaukee used a 21-4 run in the third quarter to pull away from New York.

The bucks defense was impressive all night long holding the Knicks to just 25% shooting from long range. Michael Carter Williams scored his 20 points on 9-16 shooting.  Jabari Parker and shooting guard OJ Mayo each had 17 points to help balance the attack on offense.

Mayo had five assists and was 8 of 12 from the field. “One turnover for a guy who we would say likes to shoot it,” Head Coach Jason Kidd said when referring to Mayo. “I think he showed what it means to be a true teammate.” “Whatever we need, you know,” Mayo said when asked about running the offense. In total the Milwaukee Bucks had 5 players score at least 15 plus points in the game.

carmelo-anthony-giannis-antetokounmpo-nba-new-york-knicks-milwaukee-bucks-590x900The Knicks trailed by 21 with 7:04 left in the third quarter when coach Derek Fisher replaced his entire starting five following a technical foul on Jose Calderon at the end of the run. Frustrated starters argued with the officials. The fresh lineup did seem to settle the team down, but New York could get no closer than nine the rest of the night.

One of the main reasons was the performance of Carmelo Anthony shot just 6 of 17 for 18 points.”They wanted it more than us on both ends of the court. They were more physical than us. We just didn’t bring us,” Anthony said.

Monday night the Knicks will be back at home to try to get back to .500 when the play the Dallas Mavericks.

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